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George Lucas opens new Sandcrawler building

By Anjali RaguramanMovies - 20 January 2014 5:08 PM | Updated 28 January 2014

George Lucas opens new Sandcrawler building

‘The Avengers’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Pacific Rim’- It is not common knowledge, but some of the biggest blockbusters in cinema have had major animation and visual effects work done on them in Singapore. 

The people behind those films - Lucasfilm Singapore’s 360-strong team of animators and visual effects personnel - now have a stunning glass and steel building to call home as they set about on work for the new ‘Star Wars’ film and other major Hollywood films.

George Lucas is known for building creative workspaces for his staff, and now he has the Sandcrawler building to add to the list

On 16 Jaunary, the Sandcrawler building was opened at Fusionopolis view. The new regional headquarters for Lucasfilm was built to look like the Sandcrawler – which in Star Wars episode IV, serves as the travelling home of the desert-dwelling Jawas.

The man behind the Star Wars franchise, filmmaking legend George Lucas himself, was on hand to inaugurate the building, alongside Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the digital effects wing of Lucasfilm, and the company behind all the Star Wars films, already has a fully-operational wing in the building.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that ILM has already begun work on high-profile upcoming films such as ‘Transformers; Age of Extinction’ and ‘The Avengers; Age of Ultron’, and most importantly, “supporting the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movies.”

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She added,“When we first opened our Singapore studio in 2005, the local digital production landscape looked very different.  It was relatively small, with a limited talent pool and virtually no visual effects work being done.  Through the efforts of the Economic Development Board, the industry has grown rapidly, and Lucasfilm has done its part in helping that effort.  By investing in local talent we’ve been able to significantly grow our Singapore studio into a world-class digital production facility”.

Along with state-of-the-art digital production facilities, the building also houses a 100-seat theatre.

A statue of Yoda was also unveiled in the foyer of the building, which will also house The Walt Disney company (Southeast Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific.

 

Watch as filmmaker George Lucas, along with Kathleen Kennedy (president of Lucasfilm) and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveil the Yoda statue that will greet all who enter the newly opened Sandcrawler building at Fusionopolis